Nichijou 26 [final]: DON’T GO, NANOOO!

No, love, thank YOU… *sniff*

Okay, so she’s not really going anywhere. But I’m still going to miss her. So, in short: thank you, Nano and friends, for 26 weeks of the awesomest randomness I have seen in ages. In not as short: read on…

Selective Summary:


Yukko and co. decide to hold a double birthday party for Nano and Hakase; the Principal and Vice-Principal sweat over a pair of statues; Yukko runs around unintentionally spreading good luck; the first two members of the Igo Football Club share a quiet moment before school; Sakamoto runs away from Creepy-sensei; and Nano makes an important decision.



And so, after 26 weeks of Moé, slice-of-life, comedy gold, The Nano Show comes to an end. Nano’s decision in the final scenes of this episode probably came as no surprise, especially to anyone who’s been rooting for her during her on-going struggle with her identity, but it was certainly a lovely and fitting end to the series.

Overall, it wasn’t the best epi of Nichijou, as there weren’t as many LOL and/ or experimental moments as there have been in previous ones. However, the focus on the idea of the double birthday at the beginning and its realisation at the end gave the episode a nice sense of circularity, which was also echoed in the Sakamoto/ Taisho back-story that nodded back at those early episodes in which we first met him.

And that reminds me.

POOR SAKAMOTO! I’ve lost count of how many time I’ve said that, but seriously; my heart went out to that poor, abused kitty more than ever when I found out that he used to belong to Creepy-sensei. I did, though, enjoy the revelation regarding the moments leading up to his escape from his ‘cage’ before being taken in by Nano and Hakase, not least of all because it reminded me of one of my favourite ‘in between’ sequences, which is the one where we see a certain little black cat scuttling along a pavement while wearing a cardboard box. Before he pauses by some flower pots. Before he gets ‘watered’. DAAAWWAHAHA.

Back to epi 26.


Other fun moments included that bit with the Igo Football Club. Yes, with a few exceptions, I usually found these sequences pretty boring. This time, not only do we see Helvetica Standard Girl (|_|) showing a facial expression other than deadpan, but we actually see her blushing a-and st-stuttering. Now, I don’t know if this is because she was simply embarrassed at being caught practicing Igo Football, or if she was waiting for the club president in order to confess to him, but I do know that it was CUUUTE.

Moving on.

As mentioned, there were no key LOL/ OTT/ WTF moments in this epi, which is a shame, as they could have easily included one prior to the closing Nano dorama, like they did in the previous week before the Friendship Voucher final scene. However, they certainly captured the ‘(My) Everyday/ Ordinary Life’ theme that the title roughly translates to, especially in the last half of the episode, which also made it in many ways the right way to draw things to a close. I certainly enjoyed the montage of Nano clips in which she relives her highs and lows regarding how she feels about herself and the others in her life, before she (naturally), decides to stay as she is.

Okay, who else got teary just before this part?

As I said, a fitting ending.

Finally, while it’s been difficult at times to find things to say other than, ‘OMG that was hilarious…’, I’ve had a lot of fun watching, blogging and discussing this show (with all its subtle as well as mad moments), and I hope you have too. :)

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  1. MrTerrorist
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I gonna miss this show. (;_;)

  2. Posted October 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Wooooo hoooo the final episode! Like everyone else I will miss this series a lot my saturday nights will be less Sakamoto-ish T____T But hey I had a blast reviewing and following this series! The only sad news from Nichijou would be the poor DVD sales I guess it wasn’t such a hot series for some. So we might not see any OVAs or season two, then again it isn’t set in stone and a lot can happen in the future.

    So do you have any favorite characters or moments?! I really had a hard time choosing one but I would go with Nano! She was so much fun to watch even thou near the end that key joke got really really old so fast! As for a moment I guess anything with Mio running, fighting or being straight up insane thanks to Yuuko.

    • Posted October 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Nano and Goat Guy all the way~ Though, Mio really grew on me too – I won’t be forgetting that fish-flop or that run in a hurry!

      I had a blast discussing this show with you too, Foshii!

  3. Marow
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    The weekends feel empty without Nichijou. :(

    • Posted October 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      LOVE your avatar! Er, I mean – agreed *sigh*

  4. Bob from Accounting
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Man, a series update. Forgotten what those looked like.

    I’m so going to miss this show. Season 2, anyone? Well, who knows? KyoAni are unpredictable.

    • Posted October 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Man, an accountant. Trust you to be keeping track.

  5. Cratex
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Okay, who else got teary just before this part?

    If I did, I’m not going to admit it.

    So do you have any favorite characters or moments?! I

    As for characters, Nano is one of my top favorite fictional characters, period, up there with the likes of Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez and (the original) Captain James T. Kirk. Within Nichijou itself, Yukko comes in second – though occasionally she tried my patience it was balanced by the moments when she struggled to do the right thing and the occasional glimpses of how things just seem to go wrong for her no matter what, yet she always had a smile for her friends.

    As for moments, the scene I replayed the most was Nano taking a picture of, and then modeling, her new school uniform. That was followed closely by Misato Tachibana confronting Kōjirō Sasahara on the school roof about the napkin he dropped, and the scene where Yukko first invited herself over to Nano’s house to visit and tell Nano she was just Nano.

    • Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      If I did, I’m not going to admit it.

      I’ll take that as an I did. ^ ^

      Yukko, eh… Well, I’ll admit that it was fun pouring the haterade on her. And yes, the

      scene where Yukko first invited herself over to Nano’s house to visit and tell Nano she was just Nano.

      was one of my favourites too, as well as the school uniform modelling part, almost forgot that, daww… And thanks for all the comments!

  6. Darkfireblade25
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Another good anime ended. I really enjoyed your posts hana! they up the level of entertainment even more so than just the show itself. x)

    I’m actually not looking forward to another season (GASP) cuz LITTLE BUSTERS IS LONG OVERDUE FOR AN ANIME ADAPTATION.

    Speaking of overdue things, the new season previews are long overdue as well…. >.>

    • Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Lol, I have no idea what that is, but I’m sure it deserves to be adapted!

      Um, yeah, about the latter, it’s on its way; gonna be a preview/ first impressions post ‘cos of the lateness (sorry!). And thanks for the kind words!

      • Darkfireblade25
        Posted October 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

        Well going off of KyoAni’s thing with Key (Air, Kanon, Clannad), Little Busters! is another one of Key’s works and I was actually expecting that they do it this year .____. (since they only do 1 anime per year). They better do it next year…

        and you are welcome! always looking forward to some impressions from the good ol’ THAT team :D

  7. Posted October 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh boy, I WILL miss this show. Going without an instantaneous mood-lifter like this after 26 weeks is going to take some getting used to.

    I didn’t think that for a meandering, essentially plot-less show like this could have such a spetacular wrap-up, mainly because there wasn’t very much to wrap up. But, they’ve managed to leave some pretty good feelings, going away.

    • Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Aw, it certainly was a mood-lifter, wasn’t it… Good point about the plot/ plotlessness (it’s mainly a gag-manga adaptation, after all), though I’m glad they had the Nano goes to school plot, which was a great turning point. Thanks for your thoughts!

  8. Posted October 12, 2011 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Poor Sakamoto or Taisho?


    • Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      Never mind that – LOVE your nickname! *sudden urge to see a flying vending machine*

  9. Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    How come I’ve missed this anime! I mean, I’ve heard about it just recently and it sounds kinda good. I really like the art style too, it kinda reminds me of Azumanga Daioh, right?

    • fathomlessblue
      Posted October 17, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Yeah, there are a lot of similarities with Azumanga Diaoh. Sadly Nichijou isn’t quite as successful with dialogue-reliant comedy (especially in the show’s first half), being hit-and-miss on the content and spending too long on/repeating the jokes. It does beat the Azumanga (which was fairly low budget) on visual comedy; in fact it’s probably the best-looking show to air this year. You should definitely give it a try!

    • Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Have fun marathonning it!

  10. fathomlessblue
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    *Looks at last picture*

    Wait, so you want to throttle your readers? Oh Hana, you tsundere, you! That’s definitely what I call tough love!

    Anyway, thanks for blogging this, it’s been lots of fun to read!

    Here’s to buying the show on blu-ray! ^ ^…you know, on the 0.5% chance it actually gets released over here… *sigh*

    • Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      I-it’s not like I-I’m blogging ‘cos I l-like your c-comments, or a-anything!

      (No probs – thanks again, FB!)

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